Chef Jamie Bissonnette is the co-chef and owner, along with Ken Oringer, of Coppa, in Boston and New York, and Boston locations of Toro. He published his first book, The New Charcuterie Cookbook, last year.
I went to Jamaica because I needed to unplug and I wanted to go somewhere I hadn’t been before. I was talking to my girlfriend about somewhere that was relaxing and wouldn’t have a lot of tourists, and she knew of this place in Jamaica called Jake’s. It’s in an area called Treasure Beach, which is two and a half hours south of Montego Bay. Jake’s isn’t really a resort, but it’s kind of a resort. It’s not a froufrou place—it has a house where you check in, there’s a restaurant there, there’s a saltwater filtered pool and all of these villas and houses that you can rent like a hotel room. The closest city is Black River, which we drove through on the way in and out. It’s about 45 minutes away. The whole area reminded me of Truro and Provincetown on the Cape. I definitely recommend bringing a few books and a deck of cards and just planning to chill. We played a lot of gin rummy.
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